Downed plane located in southwestern Jefferson County

An airplane that went down in the mountains about 7 miles west of Deckers Saturday evening was located Sunday morning, and crews were hiking in to check on the pilot’s condition, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

Mike Taplin, a spokesperson for the sheriff’s office, said the Park County Sheriff’s Office handed the search over to Jefferson County around 8:15 p.m. after a beacon alert was sent out by the airplane.

“This was likely not a mistake,” Taplin said, adding that beacon alerts usually mean a plane has gone down or crashed in some fashion.

Civil Air Patrol, the sheriff’s office, and other law enforcement agencies were on the ground and in the air Sunday morning searching for the wreckage in rough terrain near the Wigwam Creek Trail northwest of Cheesman Lake and west of Sugarloaf Peak.

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